I am writing a thesis paper on A Thousand Splendid Suns. I'm writing about how while Mariam and Laila have gone through great physical and emotional stress they still bounce back (resliency). How did Mariam show relicency after marrying Rasheed though? Thanks!
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The women forge strong bonds despite the efforts of their husbands and their government to reduce women’s power. The bonds differ in nature. For instance, Giti, Hasina, and Laila form a bond of girlish friendship, but Mariam and Laila form a much more powerful familial bond later in the novel. Nana finds strength from her daughter Mariam, and Mariam finds an admirer when she arrives in a Taliban-controlled prison. The novel thus suggests that women have a strong ability to find strength and support in each other. Mariam never would have gained the strength to fight Rasheed if she had not gained confidence and love from Laila. The two women find strength in each other in order to face the abusive misogynist Rasheed. Marium even sacrifices her life, by taking the blame for killing Rasheed, in order for Laila to continue on.